Frank Lampard insists Kai Havertz will soon become a ‘huge player’ for Chelsea as the club-record signing continues to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
Chelsea broke their transfer record to secure the signing of Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen during the summer, the midfielder headlining an expensive window of recruitment at Stamford Bridge after completing a £72m move to the Premier League.
Havertz is yet to showcase the form that made him one of the world’s most coveted young players and has scored just once in nine Premier League appearances, though returned to the starting side for the weekend win against Leeds following a coronavirus-enforced absence.
Lampard admits the 21-year-old was struggling with ‘strong symptoms’ of the virus and says he was keen to ensure Havertz was back to full fitness before returning him to the side, backing the Germany international to develop into a key figure in his new-look team.
‘He’s fitting in really well. He had really strong symptoms of Covid. He was ill and struggling for quite a while,’ Lampard told a press conference ahead of his sides Champions League clash with Krasnador at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night.
‘Not all the players have had it like that. Some have been symptom-free. We had to factor that in and that’s why it took two weeks before we started him.
‘Going into when he fell ill his form was fantastic. He was playing some really good stuff in the no.8 role, but Covid cut that short. I have no worries long-term, in fact the opposite. He is going to be a huge player for this football club. He has all the attributes and personality and attitude. He is going to be a top-class player.
‘We have to understand some of the best players that graced the Premier League found it hard for quite a long time, and I think Kai has actually been very good.’